Biosystems engineering is an evolution of agricultural engineering applied to all living organisms. Human medicine is the only exception given that medical science is the direct focus of biomedical engineering. Biosystems engineering integrates engineering science and design with biological, environmental, and agricultural sciences in order to identify and solve problems found at the interface of biology and engineering. Typical areas of biosystems engineering endeavour include the production of bioenergy, the development of biosensors, environmental and ecological remediation, controlled-environment agriculture, food processing, and water quality. The latter subsumes measurements of pathogen and other contaminants. More generally, biosystems engineers address and resolve issues related to the impacts of mankind on the natural environment and devise the best courses of action to mitigate or prevent harm. In the course of meeting these challenges, biosystems engineers have developed alternative sources of energy and have striven for ecological balance as a way to a better life for all.
Requirements for Engineering Licensure in Canada
If you are not licensed to work as an engineer in Canada you must be prepared to work under the direct supervision of a licensed professional engineer. To work independently you must obtain a P.Eng. designation awarded by one of the provincial or territorial engineering authorities whose role it is to govern the engineering profession in Canada. Although they differ slightly among the provinces and territories, the basic requirements for licensure are:
- An engineering degree awarded by a Canadian or Canadian equivalent university;
- A minimum of four years of relevant engineering experience of which one year must have been gained in Canada;
- Successful completion of a Professional Practice Examination;
- Canadian citizenship of proof of permanent residency in Canada;
- Be of good character as vouched for by three referees.
The process of obtaining your P. Eng. can start even before you arrive in Canada. Visit the Roadmap to Engineering in Canada at newcomers.engineerscanada.ca. This takes you to the Engineers Canada website. There you can link to the provincial or territorial body where you plan to work and obtain the necessary application forms and list of required documentation.
Alternative Careers in Engineering Technology
Engineering technicians and technologists may offer non-regulated engineering and technical services directly to the public. They must, however, work under the supervision of a Professional Engineer when providing professional engineering services to an employer or the public.
Technologists apply theoretical and practical methods to design, plan, develop, test, manufacture, construct, install, commission, operate and maintain engineered products, processes, systems and services. Technicians apply theoretical and practical methods to assist with the design, development, manufacturing, testing, construction, installation, commission, operation and maintenance of engineered products, processes, systems and services.
If your training and or work experience is in engineering but you chose not to become licensed as a professional engineer you may be qualified to work in a wide range of technology occupations as a professional technician or technologist. Discover the many alternative career pathways to rewarding and well paid occupations in engineering technology.